Virginia State Capitol, Richmond: Preservation, research, and restoration of the Palladian-style building designed by Thomas Jefferson

Virginia State Capitol
Virginia State Capitol

For the Virginia State Capitol, John Canning & Company was responsible for decorative painting and gilding in the Chamber of the House of Delegates, Senate Chamber and the Rotunda. The scope of work included stenciling, glazing, mural conservation, faux marble, and gilding. The Capitol’s design is attributed to Thomas Jefferson and it was completed in 1788, with east and west wings added in 1904.

Location: Richmond, VA

Built: 1788

Original Architect: Thomas Jefferson

Style: Early Republic, Palladian


U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmark, Virginia Landmarks Register

Planning & Design Services:

  • Investigation of historic materials: paint
  • GMP Development
  • Interpretive Analysis
  • Paint Exposures
  • Color matching
  • Pattern Documentation
  • Findings Report


Restoration & Decoration Techniques:

  • Architectural Gilding
  • Freehand Artwork
  • Trompe l’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping
  • Faux Marbling
  • Mural Conservation
  • General painting